Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 16

Home (17 Feb. 2004)

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When a young is found going through garbage. The detectives want him removed from the mother's custody but the court's return him to the mother. Later he is found dead and his brother admits to killing him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Marilyn Nesbit
Adam Nesbit
Isabel Gillies ...
Daniel Nesbit
Audrie Neenan ...
Attorney Shamal (as Lauren Velez)
Beth Ehlers ...
Mrs. Kester


When a boy is found going through the garbage for food. It is discovered that the boy's mother has him on a strict diet and home schools him and she appears to be a bit paranoid. They sense that the woman's a bit off so they try to get social services to look into it. And when the boy is found dead, they learn that his brother killed him. They think his mother made him do it but he won't tell them. Written by

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[Novak seeks legal advice on how to prosecute a boy who killed his younger brother]
Judge Mary Conway Clark: Do you feel this boy deserves to be charged? Do you feel the facts fit the charges under the penal law? Did he have intent?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I don't know what he was thinking.
Judge Mary Conway Clark: Well, find out. And find out why your defendant isn't rebelling against his mother like a normal teenage boy.
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Paranoid Monster Mom from hell
29 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Jesse Schwartz is found eating out of a garbage can and the SVU squad is brought in. Turns out that his mom Diane Venora keeps him on a strict leash and food is one of her rules. Venora believes in health foods only and the 6 year old is rebelling. But they can't keep him because of her food rules and after big meal of pancakes, courtesy of Christopher Meloni, the kid is sent home. Nevertheless the antennas are up around the squad.

Later on the kid is found shot to death and his older brother Joseph Cross is charged with the crime. But there is far more to it than that. Venora is not wrapped too tight.

The one who really pushes this is B.D. Wong and he makes a believer out of ADA Diane Neal. Venora keeps her kids way too close, she home schools them and her lawyer is Dixie Carter who represents home schooling parents and their kids on any number of matters. And in an arena that's not her usual venue she does pretty good for a while.

Venora is whom to watch in this episode. She's one frightening woman, the paranoid monster mom from hell.

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